Miami Beach Passes Measure That Allows Alcohol Sales At Movie Theaters

MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – Movie goers on Miami Beach may soon be able to drink an adult beverage or two while watching Hollywood’s latest offerings.

On Wednesday, the city commission passed a measure which allows movie theaters to sell alcohol as long as they meet certain requirements, according to CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald. The ordinance allows for alcohol to be sold at the movie theater on Lincoln Road. It can also be sold at another theater that has at least 300 permanent seats, is at least 15,000 square feet and located in “Commercial High Intensity Districts.”

The measure was sponsored by Mayor Philip Levine.

Any theater that meets the requirements would have to create a separate area where alcohol is served and have a plan to keep minors out.

Some commissioners were concerned the new rules could be manipulated by business owners to open unlicensed nightclubs. To prevent that, Commissioner Ed Tobin suggested the city create a more specific definition of what qualifies as a movie theater.

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